25th Jul 1919. Death of Mr R P Powell

DUNCHURCH.
DEATH OF MR. R. P. POWELL.—Dr. Powell has received a cable announcing the death on July 19th, of his eldest son, Mr. Richard Bruce Powell, in Australia, from pneumonia following on influenza. Mr. Powell had only recently returned to Australia for demobilisation, having served in the Australian Forces since the commencement of the war. He went through the hardships of the Gallipoli expedition, was wounded, and for many months was a prisoner of war, and the privations he suffered doubtless undermined his constitution. His brother, Mr. John Powell, is on his way to Australia to be demobilised. Both brothers were farming in the Commonwealth, and when war broke out, only a few months after their arrival, promptly enlisted. The sympathy of the whole parish goes out to Dr. and Mrs. Powell in their sad loss.

DR AND MRS. POWELL gave, on Monday evening last, at the Village Hall, a most delightful entertainment to the returned soldiers and their wives. Tea and refreshments were served, and Mrs. Nelson Harness, Mrs. Martin, Miss Barnwell, Dr Powell, and Mrs. Charles Powell, sang capital songs. A number of the school girls, under the direction of Miss Byers and her staff, gave some charming tableaux, representing the various nations comprising the Allies, and concluding with a particularly beautiful picture of Peace. Mrs. Haselwood and Mrs. Martin gave appropriate music white the tableaux were being shown. All through the war Mrs. Powell has done much for the soldiers’ wives and children. From time to time they have met at her house, and this concluding gathering, when happily most of the husbands were able to be present, was a fitting and very much appreciated climax to the series.

BRETFORD.

MONS STAR.—Mr. J. Castle, who went out to France on September 11th, 1914, has received the Mons Star. He was wounded near Armentieres. He is still feeling the effects of the bad wound he received in the leg.

RECOGNITION OF SOLDIERS.—A meeting was held in the Church Room, on Friday evening. Mr. J. E. Wilkins was elected chairman. Mr. Alcock said it would be nice for each soldier to receive some little memento from the villagers to show their appreciation. It was unanimously resolved to present each soldier and sailor with a framed photograph of himself. A subscription list was started.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR.

THE PARISH CHURCHYARD MEMORIAL
ANOTHER PROTEST.
SIR,—I should like to express my deep regret, both as a member of the Church of England and also an inhabitant of Rugby, at the proposed memorial to be placed in the Parish Churchyard to the memory of our fallen soldiers and sailors. We worship not a dead Christ of the Cross, but a living Christ. By all means let us have a memorial to those brave men who have given their lives for their King and Country, but do not let it be one in direct opposition to the teaching of the Bible and the Book of Common Prayer.—Yours etc., M. E. HARDING.
28 Vicarage Road, Rugby.

THE PROPOSED WAR MEMORIAL.
SIR.—The questions asked by Mr. Halliwell in his letter to Mr. Morson that also appeared in your last issue respecting the proposed Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Institute as part of a war memorial, are extremely appropriate, and it is to be hoped they will receive an answer from the authorities, as it is most important that the scheme should be made quite clear on the points raised, especially the first. At the time of the armistice rejoicings I ventured to suggest through your columns the formation of a fund to be called “ The Common Good ” (possibly a better name could be found), and I now ask to be allowed to point out how that proposal will, I think, pass most of Mr. Halliwell’s test questions. It may be remembered that the idea was to entrust the sum raised to the Public Trustee for investment, the income to be paid to the Chairman of the Urban District Council to be expended as desired by the Council on any object that cannot be charged upon rates. Mr. Halliwell’s first question would be answered by the fact that the fund would exist as long as the nation itself, and the second that the disposal of the income would continue in the hands of the elected representatives of the town, who could (5) subscribe for membership of clubs or other institutions, or (6) assist the wives and families of soldiers or sailors who either have “ done their bit”— a big “ bit ” many of them—or (7) sacrificed their lives in the nation’s cause. The Council could also make some of the income “ available to the women who, equally with the men, have served their country in nursing and other work in the theatres of war.”
May I point out that so far as the literary side of the contemplated Institute is concerned it could be supplied by the Public Library and its possible branches ?—Yours, etc.
JAS. WM. KENNING.
37 Lower Hillmorton Road, Rugby.

THE CRUCIFIX AS A WAR MEMORIAL.
SIR,—I see from a report in your current issue that St. Marie’s Roman Catholic congregation propose to erect a crucifix as their memorial inside the church, thus showing more wisdom than my fellow-Churchmen at St. Andrew’s Parish Church, who, according to an unreported meeting mentioned briefly in your paper, have asked their committee to submit designs, etc., to another meeting. Are they still prepared to offend Christian taste and not respect the views of others in this matter ! Of course, they are aware it is illegal—a breaking of the Second Commandment—an incentive to Superstition and Idolatry, described by their own Church as a “ lying image.” It must have the sanction of the top of the diocese, as only last month the Bishop of Liverpool vetoed the one about to be erected in St. Nicholas’ Parish Church, Liverpool.
Are they aware also that a Faculty has to be obtained, as one erected recently at Guildford will not be allowed to remain unless one is granted. Surely if these Church people must have a Pagan emblem in the shape of a cross or crucifix they need not emphasise the words of Scripture by “ putting an effigy of the Saviour upon it,” who bore the curse of those words : “ Cursed is everyone who hangeth on a tree.” God’s Word says of images, “ They that make them are like unto them and so is everyone that putteth his trust in them.”—Yours, etc.,
A CHURCHMAN.
Rugby, July 21st, 1919.

IN MEMORIAM.

BROWN.— In ever-loving memory of Corpl. Walter Joseph Brown, 1/4th Yorkshire Regt. School Street, Hillmorton, missing May 27th, 1918, now reported killed in France.
One year’s suspense we suffered,
No words from us can tell,
Of that sad day he went away,
And said his last farewell.
He fell at the post of duty,
His grave we know not where ;
But his ever-loving memory,
Shall be our daily prayer.
From FATHER, BROTHERS, SISTERS and ANNIE.

HART-DAVIES.—In memory of Lieut. I. B. Hart-Davies, killed in a flying accident, July 27th, 1917. Always remembered by his dear friend A. D. MILLER.

HART-DAVIES.—In memory of Lieut. Ivan Beauclerk Hart-Davies, RFC., killed in aeroplane mishap at Northolt, Middlesex, July 27th, 1917.—From Old Boys of 1st Rugby Troop B.P. Boy Scouts at home and abroad.

HEMMING.— In ever-loving memory of my dear husband Sergt. Charles Henry Hemming, who fell in action somewhere in France on July 24th, 1918.
“ He nobly did his duty and like a hero fell.”
Fondly remembered by his loving WIFE and CHILDREN.

SMITH.—In ever-loving memory of Pte. T. W. E. Smith, Royal Fusiliers, who was killed m action on July 21st, 1916.

SPENCER.—In loving memory of Sig. J. B. Spencer, jun., killed near Messines, July 22nd, 1917.
“ A noble son, true and kind,
A beautiful memory left behind.”
From FATHER, MOTHER and BROTHERS.

WAREING.—In loving memory of my dear son, Pte. Stanley Wareing, only son of Mr. and Mrs. James Wareing, Lilbourne Farm, killed in France July 23rd, 1916.
We often sit and think of you
And tenderly breathe your name ;
Nothing left of you to look at
But your photo in a frame.

 

NOTE: The report of Rugby’s Peace Celebrations published in this issue of the Rugby Advertiser will appear in a seperate post.

18th Jul 1919. Work of the Rugby War Pensions Committee

WORK OF THE RUGBY WAR PENSIONS COMMITTEE.
LOOKING AFTER THE DISABLED.

The Disablement Sub-Committee of the Rugby War Pensions Local Committee have presented the following report of their work for the quarter ending June 30th :—The Sub-Committee has been strengthened by the addition of Mrs. Nickalls, and Mr Yates, who has always been a member of the committee, has been appointed vice-chairman. Five meetings of the sub-committee have been held during the quarter. 134 cases have been considered at the meetings. 159 men have been sent before the Medical Referee. Seven applicants have been interviewed and recommended for grants from the King’s Fund. 56 men are in receipt of treatment allowances. 11 men have had arrangements made for dental treatment. 47 appeals have been sent up for pensions claims since demobilisation and for increased pensions. 364 names have been added to the register since March 31st, 1919. Arrangements have been made for discharged men to attend at the Hospital of St. Cross for massage, dressings and others treatment since the Red Cross Hospitals were closed. Certain cases have occurred in which men have been receiving both treatment allowances and out-of-work donation. Arrangements have been made for closer working in conjunction with the local Employment Exchange to obviate such cases in the future. A number of meetings have been held at the Employment Exchange at which discharged men in receipt of out-of-work donation have appeared before the panels composed of members of the local Advisory Committee and the War Pensions Committee. A number of men have been found employment, but there are still some twenty cases in the district which present great difficulty. It will be apparent that the work in respect of disabled and discharged men has increased greatly during the last few months. It is hoped, however, that the peak may now have been reached, and that in future we may hope for a decrease.

The following is the report of the Rugby Sub-Committee for the quarter ended June 30th, 1919 :—Four hundred and two cases have been added to the register during the three months ending 30th June. During the quarter seven meetings have been held, at which 195 cases have been considered and decided. On April 1st the following villages were transferred from the Southam Sub-Committee to the Rugby Sub-Committee :—Birdingbury, Leamington Hastings and Kytes Hardwick, Willoughby, Broadwell, Grandborough and Woolscott, Wolfhampcote and Calcutt. There are now 48 villages under this sub-committee. Mr. Kettle has been appointed representative for Clifton and Newton, in place of Miss Carruthers, who is leaving the district, and the Rev. E Blake has been appointed for Brinklow in place of the Rev. G. A. Dawson, who has resigned. Mr. Blake has also taken over Stretton-under-Fosse as well. Owing to the appointment of a County Finance Officer, the appointment of a treasurer for the Rugby Sub-committee has been cancelled. The appointment and payment of a local accountant to assist Mr. Race in bringing the accounts up to date has been approved by the local committee. Our Vice-Chairman, Mr. H. Yates, has been made vice-chairman of the Disablement Sub-Committee as well. With the approval of the Rugby Welfare League Miss Abbott has been appointed full-time secretary to the Rugby Sub-Committee, subject to the sanction of the Ministry.

AFTER THE WORLD-WAR.
THE RAVAGES OF FAMINE.
STIRRING APPEAL AT RUGBY.

A stirring appeal for practical sympathy on behalf of the victims of famine and disease in all parts of the world, was made by Miss Elkin, of the Fight the Famine Committee, to a large open gathering held in connection with the Rugby Brotherhood, at the Co-operative Hall, on Sunday afternoon last.

In the course of her remarks, Miss Elkin quoted figures in support of her contention that tuberculosis and typhus had increased in some of the countries subject to their ravages by 300 per cent, since the year, and declared that the conditions in Armenia especially were almost unbelievable. Dr. Nansen had told them that in Petrograd there were no children living under two years of age, and in some of the hospitals of Vienna numbers of children of twelve months’ old and upwards were of practically the same weight as when they were born. The speaker observed that although we could fix boundaries for the various nationalities by the peace treaty, we could not cope with the famine and pestilence by the same system.

The collections were given to the Save the Children Fund. This fund has received the active sanction of the Government, and all subscriptions to it are doubled from the National Exchequer.

Mr. J. Bedford, the President of the Rugby Brotherhood, occupied the chair, and Miss Kate Morgan delightfully rendered two solos. The orchestral selections, under the direction of Mr. J. Turner, were greatly appreciated.

WAR MEMORIAL FOR RUGBY LOWER SCHOOL.
NEW ORGAN CASE.

The Parents’ Association of Rugby Lower School at a meeting held at the School on Friday evening last, divided that the war memorial to old scholars who have made the supreme sacrifice, should take the form of an oak case for the protection of the organ.

Mr. C. Cockerill presided, and the Hon. Secretary (Mr. W. J. Ashby) give a statement of accounts for the war memorial fund. Subscriptions, together with bank interest, had realised £159 10s. £12 10s. 9d. had been expended, leaving a balance to date of £146 19s. 3d.

The Chairman stated that the original proposition of a clock had not met with the approval of the governors, but the present scheme now suggested would be satisfactory to everybody. He presented a design of the work, prepared by Messrs. Nicholson and Co., of Worcester, and this was accepted, with certain modifications, on the proposition of Mr. A. R. Everest, seconded by Mr. W. Eadon.

CATHOLIC WAR MEMORIAL.—A meeting of the congregation of St. Marie’s Church was held at the Boys’ Schoolroom, Rugby, on Sunday to discuss the erection of a memorial for the local men of the Roman Catholic persuasion who had fallen in the war. The Rev. Father Jarvis presided. Several proposals were submitted, including that of a monument outside the Churchyard representing the dead Christ on the lap of His Blessed Mother at the foot of the Cross. It was ultimately decided, however, to erect an actual sized Crucifix in the Hibbert Chapel of the Church, with a tablet opposite bearing the names of those who had made the extreme sacrifice. A sum of £245 is already assured for the fund, and this amount is likely to be further increased, as the collectors have not yet finished their rounds. The meeting considered that the funds already in hand warranted early undertaking of the work, and a resolution was passed asking the committee to take immediate steps in this direction. Expressions of thanks were accorded the chairman, committee, and the collectors for their efforts.

RUGBY WAR MEMORIAL.
THE PROPOSED SOLDIERS’ CLUB.
A TOWNSMAN’S QUERIES.

To the Editor of the Rugby Advertiser.
SIR,—I enclose a copy of a letter I have sent to Mr. Morson regarding the proposed War Memorial, and trust you will consider the question of sufficient importance to be worthy of the publicity of your columns.— Yours, etc.,
R. F. HALLIWELL.
67 Clifton Road, Rugby.

[Copy.]
Arthur Morson, Esq., M.B.E., Secretary Rugby and District War Memorial Committee, Benn Buildings, Rugby.

DEAR SIR,— I am in receipt of a circular letter from your committee inviting subscriptions and enclosing a copy of the appeal issued in the local press, which states that, after providing a monument, the bulk of the money gathered will be used to erect a club or institute for the demobilised soldiers, sailors, and airmen, belonging to Rugby and District. The desirability of a suitable memorial to those who have served their country in the great war is beyond question, and the publication of sufficient details to demonstrate the suitability of the proposed scheme would doubtless be much appreciated by those, who like myself, wish to pay their modest tribute, and would assist in obtaining the unanimity so desirable if the memorial is to adequately represent the gratitude and admiration of the community. Therefore, if you could give some information on the following points it would probably be welcomed by a wide circle. For convenience the points in question may be tabulated thus :—

(1) What is to become of the Institute as the number of members decreases as a result of change of domicile, death, etc. ?

(2) To whom will the management of the Institute be entrusted ? If it is not to be entirely in the hands of the members, is there not a risk of social, political, or religious patronage objectionable to the members ?

(3) Will there be any restrictions on the recreations open to members, or on the class of refreshment, it any, obtainable ?

(4) Is it intended to offer any restraint, moral otherwise, to the political and religious freedom of the members ?

(5) Will any of the facilities offered by the proposed Institute be more than can be obtained at a nominal subscription by membership of clubs and institutions at present existing in the town ?

(6) In what manner will the wives and families of members be benefited by the proposed Institution ?

(7) How will the proposed Institute benefit the wives and families of those who have sacrificed their lives in the national cause ?

(8) To what extent will privileges of membership be available to the women who, equally with the men, have served their country in nursing and other work in the theatres of war ?

The above are a few points on which it seems to me desirable to have information ; there are probably many others of equal or greater importance, and in order that the matter may receive the publicity it deserves. I am sending copies of this letter to the local press in the hope that you will reply by that means and thus lead to a full discussion which may result in the adoption of a generally accepted and representative memorial worthy of the town.—Yours faithfully,
R.F. HALLIWELL
67 Clifton Road, Rugby.

TO THE LADIES OF RUGBY.
“ OUR OWN WARSHIP.”
SILK FLAG FOR H.M.S. RUGBY.

We have received the following letter, which we heartily commend to our readers. The fact that other towns have readily and quickly responded to a similar appeal should spur the inhabitants of Rugby on to see to it that they do not lag behind their neighbours in appreciation of the great work accomplished by the navy during the terrible years that are now past and gone. The Captain and crew of H.M.S. Rugby would naturally appreciate the honour of their flag having intimate association with their name-town, and it is to be hoped that there will be a hearty response to Mr. Hands’ appeal.

To the Editor Rugby Advertiser.

SIR,—About four months ago a naval officer informed me that there was in the navy list a ship named H.M.S. Rugby, and that it was the usual thing for the ladies of the town, or city, after which the ship was named, to present that ship with a silk flag.

At last night’s Council meeting this question was raised, and it was referred to me to deal with.

I, therefore, make an appeal to the ladies of Rugby to subscribe the amount required, viz., about £20. Any sum, however small, will be received and acknowledged by me.—Yours, etc.,

F. E HANDS,
34 Sheep Street, Rugby.

LETTER FROM THE COMMANDING OFFICER.

At the meeting of the Urban District Council on Tuesday, the Clerk (Mr. A. Morson, M.B.E.) read a letter from Lieut. Noel Pennington, officer commanding H.M.S. Rugby, thanking the Council for the copy of the town arms and the implied permission to use them. He added that the ship’s company would be delighted for the Council to reproduce the photograph of the ship as a picture postcard.

With regard to the presentation of a flag by the ladies of the town, Mr. Hands, who originally made the suggestion, was asked if he had any further information on the subject. He replied in the negative, but added that he would be pleased to forward the idea if it was the wish of the Council.

Mr. Loverock said he had made inquiries as to the cost of the flag, and found it would work out at £20.

Mr. Hands : Is that a full-sized one ?

Mr. Loverock : Yes; four yards.

Mr. Hands : That is a small flag.

The matter was left to Mr. Hands to make the necessary arrangements.

IN MEMORIAM.

BROWN.—In loving memory of my dear husband, JOHN WILLIAM BROWN, 10th Royal Warwicks, who died at Dulmen, Germany, on July 13, 1918.
“ There is a link Death cannot sever,
Love and remembrance last for ever.”
—From his loving Wife.

DAVENPORT.—In ever-loving memory of our dear son and brother, Gunner L. E. DAVENPORT, of Harborough Magna, killed in action July 18, 1916.
“ You are always in our hearts, dear son,
Tis sweet to breathe your name ;
In life we loved you dearly,
In death we do the same.”
—From his ever-loving Mother and Father and Sisters.

DICKEN.—In ever-loving memory of Lance-Corpl. SIDNEY HAROLD DICKEN, who died of wounds in France on July 20, 1916, aged 22.—“ Peace, perfect peace.”—From his loving Mother, Father, Sisters and Brothers.

DICKEN.—In ever-loving memory of our dear brother, Lance-Corpl. SIDNEY H. DICKEN, 14th Gloucester Regiment (Bantams), who died of wounds in France on July 20, 1916.
“ Father, in Try tender keeping,
Leave we there our dear one sleeping.”
—Never forgotten by his loving brother and sister, Will and Amy.”

HIPWELL.—In ever-loving memory of our dear son, Pte. John Hipwell, Lilbourne, who died of wounds received in action in France, on July 23rd, 1916. Interred in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt, south-west of Albert.
“ Days of sadness still come o’er us,
Tears in silence often flow,
Thinking of the day we lost you,
Just three years ago.
Too far away thy grave to see,
But not too far to think of thee.”
Never forgotten by his FATHER, MOTHER, SISTER and BROTHERS.

LENTON.—In loving memory of our dear brother, Pte. W. H. Lenton, who died of wounds in France on July 19, 1916.—Never forgotten by Erne, Fred and Ethel, 64 Wood Street.

LENTON.—In proud and loving memory of our dear brother WILL, who was killed France on July 19, 1916.—Still sadly missed by Tom, Ma and Family.

PAYNE.—In loving memory of Lance-Corpl. E. PAYNE, who was killed in action on July 15, 1916.
“ Sleep on, dear husband, and take your rest,
We miss you most who lover you best.
When days seem long and friends are few,
Dear husband, how I miss you.
God called you home, it was his will,
But in our hearts we love you still.”
—Gone but not forgotten by his Wife & Children.

PAYNE.—In ever-loving memory of my dear son, Lance-Corpl. ERNEST PAYNE, killed in action at Verdun on July 15, 1916.
“ We often pause to think, dear son,
And wonder how you died,
With no one near who loved you dear,
Before you closed your eyes.
You nobly did your duty,
And like a hero fell ;
Could we have held your drooping head,
Or heard your last farewell.”
—Sadly missed from. From his ever-loving Father, Sisters and Brothers.

THOMPSON.—In loving memory of Pte. A. H. THOMPSON, who died of wounds in France on July 17, 1917.—Not forgotten by his Brothers and Sisters.

WHITBREAD.—In loving memory of BASIL, 2nd-Lieut., R.W.R., killed in action in France on July 22, 1916, in his 20th year, only son of Mr and Mrs. Whitbread, Arnold Cottage, Church Walk.

11th Jul 1919. Rugby Peace Celebrations, Programme Considerably Curtailed.

RUGBY PEACE CELEBRATIONS.
PROGRAMME CONSIDERABLY CURTAILED.
NO OFFICIAL DECORATIONS OR ILLUMINATIONS.
URBAN COUNCILS DECISION.

A special meeting of Rugby Urban District Council to consider the revised proposals of the Local Peace Celebration Committee necessitated by the Government’s decision to confine the organised rejoicings to one day, and the receipt of a letter from the Local Government Board with reference to the defraying of the expenses, was held at the Benn Buildings on Tuesday evening, when there were present : Messrs. W. Flint (chairman), L. Loverock (vice-chairmen), T. A. Wise, W. H. Linnell, R. S. Hudson, R. B. Friend, T. Ringrose, F. E. Hands, W. Whiteley, and H. Yates. Mr. C. C. Wharton, hon. secretary to the committee, also attended.

The Clerk (Mr. A. Morson) read an order from the Local Government Board sanctioning reasonable expenditure by local authorities in connection with the celebrations in so far as these expenses are charged in accounts subject to audit by a district auditor. The order was accompanied by a covering letter to the effect that “ in many localities the funds for the public celebrations will be obtained by means of voluntary subscriptions, and the issue of the order is not intended in any way to discourage subscriptions of this character or other private beneficence. The Board consider that the power conferred by the order should be used where necessary to supplement funds otherwise contributed for public local celebrations rather than to supersede such funds. The Board cannot undertake to advise individual authorities or persons as to whether any particular kind of expenditure might be incurred, or as to the amount which might properly be expended by any particular authority. The effect of the sanction will be that expenses duly incurred under the terms of the order will not be liable to disallowance by the district auditor, but if questions should be raised hereafter as to whether any expenditure is, or is not, covered by the order the questions will, in the first instance, be for the auditor to consider.”

Mr. Morson also read a letter from the Rugby Branch of the United Pattenmakers’ Society, who had been invited to take part in the Peace celebration procession, enclosing the following resolution :—“ That we protest against the Peace celebration being held at a time when this nation is still at war with other nations, feeling convinced that no demonstration can have the sincere rejoicings which should be inseparable from such an occasion, whilst our Armies are fighting in Russia and elsewhere.”

Mr. Loverock said the letter from the Local Government Board placed the Council in an awkward position, because no money had been raised by subscription locally, and the letter stated that money raised by the rates should supplement such public subscriptions. He asked if any expenditure incurred by the Council would be objected to by the auditor unless they raised some of the money by subscription.

The Chairman said he thought the arrangements as regarded the fireworks and bands would have to stand.

Mr. Linnell criticised the action of the Local Government Board in sending such a letter. In a previous letter the Board stated that they would agree to reasonable expenditure being thrown on the rates, and in face of that they could not now expect the Council to alter their arrangements to the extent of collecting subscriptions. The only thing they could do was to ask the committee to limit their expenditure as far as possible. That the committee was quite prepared to do.—Mr. Loverock agreed that the Council were committed to the expenditure as to fireworks and bands, and that, of course, would have to go through ; but with regard to the procession, he asked if it was likely that the expenditure on this would be disallowed ?

The Chairman : The letter has upset everything. All arrangements have been knocked on one side, and new proposals will have to be made. The committee had made alterations with a view to cutting down the expenses, and their new scheme will be presented this evening.

Mr. Yates inquired whether the Vice-Chairman’s point was that if the whole of the expenses were thrown on the rates the Local Government Board would disallow it. He thought before the Council committed themselves to heavy expenditure they ought to be sure that the unanimous feeling in the town was in favour of continuing with the preparations for the celebrations.—The Chairman said arrangements were made for launching an appeal for public subscriptions, but owing to the number of appeals which had been issued of late it was felt desirous to hold this back for a while. The appeal, however, would be sent out next week.

The Clerk said the letter received from the Local Government Board some time ago, promising that reasonable expenditure should be borne by the rates gave no intimation that such approval of reasonable expenditure was subject to voluntary contributions.

A report of a meeting of the committee held the previous evening to revise the programme was read to the following effect :—

PROGRAMME.—It was decided : (1) That all celebrations be confined to the one day, Saturday. July 19th, except the dinner to old people and the teas for the children. (2) That an appeal for public subscriptions be made for the purpose of providing a dinner for the widows and orphans of fallen soldiers, to be held on the 19th inst., and if funds are available a dinner for old people and a tea for the children be held at a subsequent date. (3) That in view of the shortness of time and the need for economy, no decorations or illuminations be carried out by the committee, but that the inhabitants of the town be asked to do as much as possible in decorating the frontages of their premises and dwellings. (4) That in view of the altered conditions, the following items of the original programme be cancelled :—(a) All services for adults and for children, (b) Torchlight procession. (c) The printing of souvenir programmes, this latter in view of the impossibility of producing a suitable programme is the time available.

EXPENDITURE.—An regards the estimated expenditure, this will be definitely reduced by the sum of £125, due to the cancellation of all decorations and illuminations. As there will only be one day’s celebrations, it is hoped that the estimate for bands may be reduced from £150 to £110. For the same reason it is hoped that the orders for torches (£20) will be able to be cancelled.

PARTICIPATION OF TROOPS.—As regards troops taking part in the celebrations, Major Seabroke was asked to give his recommendations on this matter, and states that he does not consider it practicable for any local unit to take part, either in a separate triumphal march or as part of the main procession, owing to their not bring organised or properly equipped, the committee therefore do not think it advisable under the circumstances to make any application for troops. I therefore return correspondence from the War Office and Mr. Field. It may be possible to get the School O.T.C. to take part, but this can be arranged independently.

PROGRAMME & TIME TABLE
(Approximate).

MORNING.
6 or 8 a.m. : Firing of volley from Parish Church.
6.15 or 8.15 a.m. : Ringing of all church bells.
9 a.m. : Bands to play at certain specified places.
10 a.m. : Bands march to School Close.
10.30 a.m. : Unfurling of flag in School Close.
11 a.m. to 12 noon : Playing of massed bands in School Close and singing of massed choirs in School Close.
10 30 a.m. to 12 noon : Entertainments for children in Recreation Ground.

PROCESSION.
1 p.m. : Assembly of procession at Recreation Ground.
1.15 p.m. : Judging of competitors at Recreation Ground.
2 p.m. : Procession starts.
4 p.m. : Procession returns.
4.15 p.m. : Presentation of prizes.

IN RECREATION GROUND (FOR ADULTS).
2 p.m. to 7 p.m. : Entertainments for adults, concert, bands and cinema.
6 p.m. : Assembly for fancy dress carnival.
6.30 p.m. : Grand march of competitors.
7 p.m. to 8.15 p.m. : Dancing carnival.
8.15 p.m. : Interval and presentation of prizes.
8.30 p.m. to 9.45 p.m. : Dancing.
10 p.m. : Fireworks.

IN CALDECOTT’S PIECE (IF AVAILABLE), FOR CHILDREN.
3 p.m. : March-past (boys salute flag), form hollow square, and sing “ Land of Hope and Glory ” and “ National Anthem.”
3.30 to 4.30 p.m. : Entertainments, sports, and daylight fireworks.

Mr. Love rock expressed the opinion that it was an excellent programme for one day, and the committee seemed to be fairly unanimous, except as regarded the tea for the children and the dinner for the old people.

Mr. Linnell said he thought it was a good idea to have the children’s entertainment in another field, provided it could be earned out. He thought, however, they would find that, as a general rule, the public would go where the children were.—Mr. Hands : They must be kept out.—Mr. Linnell : You won’t keep them out.—The Clerk said at the Coronation festivities they had exactly the same proposal to provide a separate entertainment for children, but in the end they had to admit the adults.—Mr. Wharton : It may be different if we can get Caldecott’s Piece.—Mr. Hands : Yes ; there are only two entrances, and we can have them well guarded.—Mr Whiteley inquired if the replies received indicated that the procession would be a success ?—Mr. Wharton : Yes ; this was gone into last night, and the replies show that it will be a great success.

Mr. Loverock pointed out that if it was decided to feed the widows and orphans on Peace Day arrangements would have to be put in hand at once. They could not wait too long to see whether the money would be forthcoming, and he asked : Was it proposed to proceed whether the money was forthcoming or not ?

Mr. Wise said a small sub committee had been appointed, of which he had the misfortune to be one, to make the financial arrangements, and if the Council would give instructions for the scheme to be carried out, irrespective of whether the money was forthcoming or not, it would lighten their labours considerably. He could not see how they could say for a certainty that the scheme should be carried out until they had received the replies to their circular. He thought it was a mistake for the appeal to have been kept back so long. If people were prepared to subscribe, they would do so whether the appal was made in June or in August. Money from the rates could not be used to provide this dinner.

Mr. Loverock pointed out that intimation had been received from the Sailors’ and Soldiers’ Association to the effect that if the Council did not arrange for such a dinner the association would do so. Therefore, if the Council waited till they were curtain that they would get the money it might be too late either for them or the association to make the arrangements.—Mr. Hudson : It was definitely settled to carry out this suggestion last night.

The Clerk agreed, and said he understood that the widows’ and orphan’s tea should be given in any event, but that the dinner to the old people and the tea to the children was contingent upon the money being raised voluntarily.

Mr. Wise inquired if the members were willing to pay the money out of their own pocket, provided the funds were not forthcoming ; but the Chairman said he had no doubt but that the public of the town would see that the funds necessary for this scheme were subscribed.

Mr. Linnell inquired the approximate cost of the events set out in the programme.

Mr. Wharton replied that the sum originally asked for was £667, but with the possible reductions mentioned in the report the nett expenditure might be £482.—Mr. Linnell : There are certain to be a number of incidental items, so that the cost will possibly be £500, which will come within a penny rate.

On the motion of the Chairman, the committee’s report was adapted, and at the invitation of Mr. Wise, several of the members offered to assist in distributing the copies of the appeal.

With regard to the letter from the Pattern-makers’ Society, the Clerk was directed to acknowledge its receipt, and to add that the Council were proceeding with the arrangement.

A letter was read from the Procession Committee, asking the Council and staff to cooperate by taking part in the procession, which, it was hoped, would be “ unparalleled in the history of Rugby and worthy of the unique occasion.”

The question of taking out a third party insurance policy in case of accident was raised, and the Clerk was directed to make inquiries as to terms, and to decide on the advisability of same in consultation with the Chairman and Vice-Chairman.

EX-SERVICEMEN AT RUGBY CHURCH.
AN IMPRESSIVE ASSEMBLY.
MAJOR BAIRD COMMANDS THE PARADE.

Exceptional interest was evidenced in the parade of discharged and demobilised men of His Majesty’s Forces from Rugby and District, to the Parish Church on Sunday afternoon. There was an excellent response to the invitation of the Discharged Soldiers and Sailors’ Association, and the muster in the Recreation Ground numbered about 500 officers, N.C.O.’s and men. Most of the men wore their regimental badges and decorations. Fortunately the weather was fine, and large crowds lined the route of the procession. The men were formed up in three columns— representing the Navy, artillery and cavalry, and infantry—of four deep, and were headed by the Rugby Steam Shed Band under Bandmaster E. R. Stebbing. A number of disabled men were conveyed in a wagonette.

The parade was commanded by Major J. L. Baird, D.S.O., C.M.G., M P., wearing the uniform of the Scottish Horse, with Major R Darnley as parade adjutant. Other officers attending included : Major C. Seabroke, T.D., Capts G Miller and McMurtie, and Lieuts. Alien Hand, P. F. Lloyd, and Price Hughes. A prominent figure in the procession was the veteran Bombardier J. Norman, an old Balaclava hero. A number of time-serving men also took part. Lieut. C. Newman was present in the church wearing mufti.

THE CHURCH FILLED.

Seats were reserved at St. Andrew’s Church for the men, who were met at the entrance by the churchwardens, Messrs. F. Thompson and Beck, and the general public were admitted after all the men had been seated. The building was full to overflowing.

The order of service used was impressive and dignified, the prayer for “ the souls of our brothers departed ” being of particularly expressive beauty. The service opened with the hymn, “ Through all the changing scenes.” The 46th Psalm, “ God is our Hope and Strength,” was followed by the lesson from St. John’s Gospel read by the Rev. R. B. Winser. The hymns sung also included “ Fight the flood Fight,” “ For all the Saints,” and “ Abide with me.” An eloquent and inspiring address was given by the Rector (the Rev. Canon C. M. Blagden), who remarked that it was peculiarly happy that the day already selected by the Association for that service should have proved to be the day set aside for the National thanksgiving services throughout the country. The other clergy who participated in the service were the Revs. T. F. Charlton, T. H. Perry, and G. Roper.

THE “ LAST POST.”

At the conclusion of the final hymn the “ Last Post ” was sounded on the bugle in memory of fallen comrades, the congregation remaining standing. The buglers were Messrs. Wheatley and G. Green. A collection was taken during the service for the Sick Fund of the Association.

A return was made to the Recreation Ground, where Major Baird, on behalf of the discharged and demobilised men, expressed warm thanks to the time-serving N.C.O.’s and men who had attended. Major Baird then dismissed the officers, and the general parade was dismissed by Major Darnley.

The whole of the proceedings were organised in a thoroughly efficient manner by the Association, while the police arrangements were admirably carried out by Inspector Lines and P.S. Hawkes.

DUNCHURCH.
PEACE CELEBRATIONS.—At all services at the Parish Church there were unusually large congregations. In the evening a procession was organised, consisting of demobilised soldiers, who mustered something like fifty strong, the Parish Church of Dunchurch and Thurlaston, and many other leading resident. Headed by the Dunchurch Brass Band and the Church Choir in their robes, the procession made ita way from the Green to the Church, which speedily filled to overflowing. The collection, amounting to £6, was given to the Blinded Soldiers’ and Sailor’ Fund. A representative committee is at work in both parishes arranging for teas, sports, and other entertainments on July 19th. At a later date it is proposed to give a supper, smoking concert, etc., to all the returned soldiers.

OLD MURRAY SCHOOL BOY DECORATED.—An old Murray School boy was publicly honoured on Thursday of last week when Pte. Harry Nash, late of the Northamptonshire Regiment, was presented with the Mons Star by Mr. W. T. Coles Hodges, the headmaster. The presentation took place at the school building in the presence of the senior scholars, school managers, and several friends. Apologies for absence were sent by the Rev. Canon A A David, D.D. (headmaster of Rugby School), the Rev. Canon C. M. Blagden, the Rev G. H. Roper, Messrs. J. J. McKinnell, J.P., and G. Over. The recipient, who is the son of the Rugby Cemetery keeper, had intimated in his letters his preference that Mr. Hodges should himself decorate him. Mr. Hodges referred in complimentary terms to Nash’s achievement, and three hearty cheers were given in the youth’s honour.

OLD BOYS’ RE UNION AT OAKFIELD SCHOOL.
MEMORIAL WINDOWS FOR ST. MATTHEW’S CHURCH.

On Thursday in last week an enjoyable reunion of parents and old boys was held at Oakfield. In the evening a company of 150, including the present scholars, sat down to an excellent supper in the Benn Buildings, the Headmaster (Mr. T. A. Wise) presiding.

After the loyal toast had been honoured, the Headmaster gave “ The Visitors,” to which Lieut.-Col. Danielson, D.S.O., Royal Warwicks, responded for the visitors, and Mr. E. Atterbury, one of the first boys attending the school when it was opened in 1888, for the Old Boys.

Three former masters, Mr. Luard, Rev. J. F. Fuller, and Capt. C. R. Benstead. M.C., attended, and the health of the first named was proposed by Mr. G. Brereton, head boy of the school. Lieut K. Phillips submitted the health of Mr. and Mrs. Wise, to which the Headmaster responded.

About thirty old boys were present, a number being in khaki, and one travelling from Germany for the occasion.

The school sports were held in connection with the celebration, and the various events were keenly contested.

The designs of the memorial windows which it is proposed to place in St. Matthew’s Church, together with the brass plate bearing the names, connection it is interesting to note that 265 old boys were eligible for military service, and of there 205 actually joined up, a large portion of the remainder being physically unfit. Forty-two of the 205 were killed.

PARISH CHURCH WAR MEMORIAL.—A further meeting of the parishioners of St. Andrew’s, Rugby, was held at the Church House on Wednesday evening, when the proposed war memorial was further discussed. The Rector (Canon C. M. Blagden) presided, and the erection of a crucifix in the churchyard, as considered at the previous meeting, was definitely decided upon. The committee were instructed to obtain the necessary drawings and designs and to go forward with the scheme.

STOCKTON.
THE PEACE.—A meeting of the committee was held in the Village Hall on Friday. It was decided not to alter the date fixed for the general rejoicing, viz., August 5th. Each man who went to the war is to receive an embellished framed card for his services to the nation, and it was also agreed to present one to the relatives who have lost a son or a brother at the war.

LIEUT. F.W. YOUNG, of Elm Cottage, Hillmorton Road, Rugby, has been awarded the M.B.E. (military class) for excellent work done in France whilst in charge of a Labour Corps. Lieut Young joined the Army early in 1915, and went to France almost immediately. He is still serving with his unit in France.

A MILITARY ABSENTEE.—At the Rugby Police Court on Saturday, before Mr. J. Carter, Driver William Hinks, M.T., A.S.C., was charged with being an absentee from Osterley Park, Hounslow.—Prisoner, who was apprehended by P.S. Hawkes, stated that he absented himself entirely for the sake of his mother, who had been very ill.—Hinks was remanded to await an escort.

IN MEMORIAM.

BROWN.—In ever loving memory of my dear son, Pte. J. W. Brown, 10th Royal Warwickshire Regiment, who died in hospital at Dulmen, Germany, between July 12th and 18th, 1918. From Mother, Father, Sisters and Brothers.
“ In sorrow’s darkest hour,
The same kind Hand that chastens
Will wipe thy tears away.”

HIPWELL.—In ever-loving memory of our dear son, Pte. ARTHUR HIPWELL, killed in action on July 14, 1916, in France.
“ We often pause to think, dear son,
And wonder how you died ;
With no one near who loved you dear,
Before you closed your eyes.
You nobly did your duty,
And like a hero fell.
Could we have held your drooping head,
Or heard your last farewell.”
—From his ever-loving Mother and Father, Sisters and Brother.

KENNEY.—In loving memory of Sergt. ROLAND ISAAC, (1/7 R.W.R. Territorials), dearly beloved son of Mr. & Mrs. T. Kenney, Stretton-under-Fosse, who was killed in action on the Somme in France on July 14, 1916, aged 23 years.
“ He fought for his country,
He answered duty’s call ;
His home, his friends, his comforts,
He sacrificed them all ;
But he won the admiration
Of Britain’s glorious name.
Peace, perfect peace.”
—Never forgotten by his loving Mother and Father, Sisters and Brothers.

WHITE.—In loving memory of our dear son, WILLIAM SAMUEL (SAM), who fell in action in France on July 3, 1916, aged 20 years.
“ The fight is o’er,
The victory won,
And many mothers have lost a son.”
—Never forgotten by his Father & Mother.

WHITE.—In loving memory of Albert James, dearly beloved husband of Ethel Maud White, and eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. James White, of 70 Murray Road, who gave his life for his country on June 30, 1917.